CFI Saskatoon: The Word and the word, the sacred and secular history of oaths

The next CFI Saskatoon (Saskatoon Freethinkers) meetup is “The Word and the word, the sacred and secular history of oaths”.

Time
Sunday, March 20 · 11:30am – 2:30pm

Location
Venice House

906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK

More Info
Margaret Visser gave a talk at the Whelen Lectures last year, called “I SWEAR: Oaths, Curses and Modernity,” where she discussed those things in relationship with trust and community. (http://ccde.usask.ca/whelen/)

Oaths have a long and remarkable history. They were used to declare one’s citizenship status in Ancient Greece. They were used by knights to swear loyalty to kings. They’ve also been used across religions to keep followers honest and devoted. Today, oaths are still used in our societies (military oaths, oaths of office, etc.) but do they still have the same level of power over those who speak and witness them?

Should they?

 

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